July 27, 2017

Shutdown: Republicans’ 21 Demands

Official House Republican Conference photograph. (Photo by Republican Conference, Creative Commons License)

  This article was published by the Center for American Progress Action. Since the Republicans took over the House of Representatives in 2011, they have repeatedly attempted to use the prospect of a government shutdown or a debt default as leverage. A shutdown would furlough close to a million federal workers and cut off essential services for millions more Americans, while a default ... Read More »

Shutdown: President’s Message to The Military

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Obama reassures military: You will be paid during shutdown (via Raw Story ) As the deadline passed to avert a shutdown of U.S. government operations, President Barack Obama’s administration released a video message to military service members in combat situations and Department of Defense (DOD) staffers reassuring them that… Read More »

Don’t Like The Shutdown? Blame The Constitution

The west front of the U.S. Capitol as seen from side of the House of Representatives on the eve of government shutdown. (Photo by by Phil Roeder, Creative Commons License)

  This article was published by the Center for American Progress Action. A little more than two years ago, Canada faced a budget fight much like the one facing the United States today. Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper, whose party controlled a plurality but not a majority of the seats in Canada’s parliament, proposed a budget that was unacceptable to the opposition ... Read More »

Cruz: Killing Obamacare for One Year is ‘The Essence of A Compromise’

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Cruz: Killing Obamacare for one year is ‘the essence of a compromise’ (via Raw Story ) Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Sunday asserted that the Republican threat to shutdown the government if President Barack Obama’s health care reform law was not delayed for at least one year was the “essence of a compromise.” During an interview on NBC… Read More »

Obamacare Will Cost Much Less Than Expected

Protest for / against The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act AKA Obamacare in fron of Supreme Court in Washington DC. (By Tabitha Kaylee Hawk)

  This article was published by the Center for American Progress Action. When uninsured Americans begin enrolling in Obamacare’s new health care exchanges on Oct. 1, the overwhelming majority — 95 percent — will face health care premiums that are 16 percent lower, on average, than the government had previously projected, according to a new report released on Wednesday by the Obama administration. ... Read More »

How Much Would A US Government Shutdown Cost?

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  This article was published by the Center for American Progress Action. With congressional conservatives poised to force a government shutdown at the end of the month over the three-year-old Affordable Care Act, economists are trying to tally up what shuttering the government would cost the country. Estimates vary widely, and the totals would depend on how long a shutdown ... Read More »

What House Continuing Resolution Means to You?

Speaker John Boehner speaks after the House passed Continuin Resolution to fund the federal government on September 20. (Photo by Caleb Smith, Speaker of the House photograph)

  This article was published by the Center for American Progress Action The House of Representatives has passed a continuing resolution that would keep the government funded through Dec. 15 and withhold funding for the Affordable Care Act. The 230-189 vote comes just 10 days before a possible shutdown and includes instructions authorizing the Treasury “to pay some bills and not ... Read More »

GOP Leaders Hold Debt Ceiling Hostage

US Capitol building in Washington DC. (Photo by Tom Harris, Creative Commons License)

  This article was published by the Center for American Progress Action On Wednesday (September 18), House leaders confirmed that they will not vote to increase the nation’s debt ceiling without an amendment to delay implementation of the Affordable Care Act by one year, a measure that faces certain defeat in the Senate and a veto threat from President Obama. The bill will ... Read More »

Fracking And Oil Projects Dunk in Colorado Floods

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  This article was published by the Center for American Progress Action Colorado flooding has not only overwhelmed roads and homes, but also the oil and gas infrastructure stationed in one of the most densely drilled areas in the U.S. Although oil companies have shut down much of their operations in Weld County due to flooding, nearby locals say an unknown amount of ... Read More »

What You Need To Know Before House Vote on Food Stamps

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  This article was published by the Center for American Progress Action   House Republicans plan to vote Wednesday on the Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act, the remaining half of the policy traditionally referred to as the farm bill that would deal with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, otherwise known as food stamps). The House passed the portion that relates ... Read More »